James Rhoads Elementary School Kindergarten-Eighth Grades

Joe Dixon

4901 Parrish St.
Philadelphia PA 19139
Phone: 215-581-5504

Providing all students with the academic, technological & social skills needed to be productive & contributing citizens in our society.

James Rhoads


June 2, 2016

Dear Parent/Guardian:

As we approach the end of the school year, our schools begin to experience what's known as "the Spring Slide" and the "June Slump." This is a troubling pattern in which student attendance rates start to drop in May and worsen in June. We realize some absences are unavoidable, for example, due to health problems. But, we also know that when students miss too much school regardless of the reason it can cause them to fall behind academically. To ensure that your child receives the best education possible, I am asking you to help us ensure the regular, on-time attendance of your child at school every day until the last day of school. Please discuss with your children why attendance is so important for success in school, and about continuing to put forth their best efforts in all of their classes. Instruction will continue and attendance for students will be recorded on a daily basis by the District and calculated through the last day of school, June 22, 2016.

Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance at the end of the school year:
• Ensure your child goes to school every day unless they are truly sick.
• Avoid scheduling vacations or appointments when school is in session.
• Make sure your child keeps a regular bedtime.
• Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your child starts to become restless about going to school.
We want your child to be successful in school! If you have any questions or need more information please
contact your child's school.

Thank you in advance for your assistance and support.


William R. Hite, Jr., Ed.D.


Message from the Principal

On behalf of our staff, I would like to welcome you into the James Rhoads family.  Rhoads School offers children in Kindergarten to Grade Eight an enriching academic and social experience.  Our dedicated staff and community partners work together to allow each child the opportunity to develop to his/her full potential.


Educational success is greatly dependent upon the bond that is forged between school and home.  It is our hope that with students, parents and teachers working together this school year will be our best. 


Joe Dixon, Principal

Points of Pride

  • WePAC
  • Penn Tutors
  • One Healthy Breakfast Program
  • Eat Right Program
  • Community Council
  • It Takes Philly
  • Reading Olympics
  • 21st Century After-School Program



  • Breakfast is served daily in the classrooms
  • School begins at 8:15a.m.; all students are required to be on time prepared to learn.
  • School ends at 2:55p.m.
  • Stuents must wear a full uniform every day
    • Grades K - 5 Yellow shirt and blue skirt/ pants 
    • Grades 6 - 8 Blue shirt and khaki skirt/ pants 
  • NO HOODIES, iPods, jeans, or cell phones are permitted


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